Authors: Graham Ison
Tags: #Fiction, #Mystery & Detective, #Historical
Table of Contents
ALL QUIET ON ARRIVAL
BREACH OF PRIVILEGE
JACK IN THE BOX
KICKING THE AIR
LOST OR FOUND
MAKE THEM PAY
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British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
Hardcastle's traitors. â (A Hardcastle and Marriott historical mystery; 11)
1. Hardcastle, Ernest (Fictitious character)âFiction.
2. PoliceâEnglandâLondonâFiction. 3. Great Britainâ
HistoryâGeorge V, 1910-1936âFiction. 4. Detective and mystery stories.
I. Title II. Series
ISBN-13: 978-0-7278-8312-4 (cased)
ISBN-13: 978-1-78010-448-5 (epub)
Except where actual historical events and characters are being described for the storyline of this novel, all situations in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to living persons is purely coincidental.
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Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
a watch chain of the type worn by Albert, Prince Consort (1819â61).
assistant provost marshal (a lieutenant colonel of the military police).
Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London.
British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders.
the United Kingdom.
a shilling (now 5p).
a public house.
BULL AND COW:
a row (rhyming slang).
three months' imprisonment. (The length of time it took to weave a carpet in prison workshops.)
Criminal Investigation Department.
official title of New Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police.
a remote prison on Dartmoor in Devon.
Divisional Detective Inspector.
DOG'S DINNER, a:
Director of Public Prosecutions.
a dwelling house, or room therein. Any place of abode.
to dispose of stolen property.
a receiver of stolen property.
Trifling talk or behaviour.
five years' imprisonment.
former centre of the newspaper industry, and still used as a generic term for the Press.
FLIM or FLIMSY:
a five-pound note.
From the thin paper on which it was originally printed.
FOURPENNY CANNON, a:
a steak and kidney pie.
theatre of WW1 operations in France and Flanders.
a London department store.
GANDER, to cop a:
to take a look.
a look (a foreshortening of âglimpse').
GREAT SCOTLAND YARD:
location of an army recruiting office and a military police detachment. Not to be confused with New Scotland Yard, half a mile away in Whitehall.
a generic term to encompass the Royal Horse Artillery, the Royal Garrison Artillery and the Royal Field Artillery. In the singular, a member of one of those regiments.
informal alternative to âsir'.
HALF A CROWN
HALF A DOLLAR:
two shillings and sixpence (12Â½p).
five years' imprisonment.
a brothel keeper.
a police area.
counter-espionage service of the United Kingdom.
MOCKERS, to put on the:
to frustrate one's plans.
MONS, to make a:
to make a mess of things, as in the disastrous Battle of Mons in 1914.
a police station
Central Criminal Court, in Old Bailey, London.
ON THE GAME:
leading a life of prostitution.
to inform to the police.
QUEER STREET, in:
in serious difficulty
short of money.
a sweetheart; a girl with whom one has a joyous time; a harlot.
senior Scotland Yard official responsible for the finances of the Metropolitan Police.
informal name for the A or Whitehall Division of the Metropolitan Police.
a military officer's belt with shoulder strap.
SAUSAGE AND MASH:
cash (rhyming slang).
engaging in sexual intercourse
one who evades duty or work.
a London department store.
equivalent of 2Â½ p.
an informal police alternative to station-sergeant, clerk-sergeant and sergeant.
a police informant.
formerly the records office of births, deaths and marriages for England & Wales.
to maliciously wound, usually with a razor.
a thief (rhyming slang). (Plural:
a police area.
jewellery (rhyming slang).
murdered or hanged.
a murder or hanging.
London Underground railway system.
a youth or young man.
he maroons had been detonated at the nearby Renfrew Road fire station at twenty minutes to midnight on New Year's Eve 1915, signalling the onset of yet another air raid by the dreaded Zeppelins. In common with most Londoners, Ernest Hardcastle knew that the alert was invariably sounded when the raiders were crossing the coast. It would take some time, at least an hour, for the giant airships, lumbering along at seventy miles an hour, to reach the capital.
The Hardcastle family was gathered in the parlour of their house in Kennington Road, London. It was the home that Ernest and Alice Hardcastle had moved into immediately after their marriage twenty-three years ago, and was only a few doors away from where Charlie Chaplin, much-loved slapstick star of the silent films, had once lived.
In a corner of the comfortable sitting room stood a decorated Christmas tree. But it bore none of the miniature candles favoured by many families; Hardcastle was only too aware of the fire risk that that would present. Painstakingly made paper chains had been strung from each corner of the room to the electric light fitting in the centre of the whitewashed ceiling.
Hardcastle busied himself spending a few minutes dispensing drinks from a cabinet in the corner.
âA Happy New Year everyone and may it see an end to this wretched war.' On the stroke of midnight, Ernest Hardcastle, his back to a glowing coal fire, raised his glass and took a sip of whisky.
âAmen to that,' said Alice, raising her glass of Amontillado and joining in the toast together with the Hardcastles' two daughters and their son. Kitty and Maud, at nineteen and seventeen respectively, were now old enough for a glass of sherry. But Walter, the Hardcastles' son, whose sixteenth birthday would not occur until the twenty-fourth of January 1916, was only permitted a glass of brown ale, and that as a special treat.
Hardcastle kissed his wife and his daughters and shook hands with Walter.